God Comforts Us So We Can Comfort Others
by Anne Greene
“He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us” 2 Corinthians 1:4 NLT
I’m sharing with you the darkest time of my life with the hope you will be comforted in your time of trouble.
When my daughter and son were fourteen and seven, we had just moved to Dallas. My husband and I knew no one except the members of our fellowship class at church and the people with whom we worked.
My dear husband was Treasurer at Dallas Theological Seminary, and I worked for a psychiatrist at Timberlawn Psychiatric Hospital.
Dear hubby and I were joggers. Each evening after work we drove to a three- or four-mile path through the Duck Creek area in Garland. We went there two days before Thanksgiving. I remained in the car with a migraine. My son and a friend played in the back seat. Dear hubby took off jogging.
He returned early, saying he didn’t feel very well. He drove until we stopped on a hill at a red light intersecting a busy street. He looked at me and said, “I think something is wrong.” Then he slumped forward onto the steering wheel.
I stomped on the brake and turned off the ignition. The three or four cars behind us didn’t honk as I opened the passenger door, rushed around to his door, and opened it. I thought I would hold him in my arms and push him to the passenger seat. But he was too heavy and slid down onto the street.
As I gazed down at him, shocked, a nurse from the car directly behind us rushed over and began CPR. Someone, somewhere called an ambulance, which arrived within minutes.
At that point I went into deep shock. The story is longer, but I must make it short, and omit some crucial events.
At the hospital, I was taken into a separate room. My daughter and son soon joined me. We waited, praying. Then someone came in and told us they had done everything they could, but my dear husband had passed away.
I don’t know how we got home from the hospital. The world as I knew it had shifted. The next week passed in a blur. I often looked down at myself certain I would see blood flowing where my body had been sliced in half when my husband died. We two were no longer one.
Some wonderful person at Dallas Seminary took care of arranging for my dear one’s burial, plus a beautiful memorial service. My husband’s parents flew him back for a burial service in his hometown. During this time, I walked in deep shock and actually lost some of my memory.
A phone call one day roused me. My boss asking if I planned to return to work. I’d forgotten I had a job. But agreed, yes, I would.
I shook myself from shock, got the children ready for school, and myself off to work. The pain was still intense, but God reached down with His comfort. Jesus became my almost physical companion. He spread His love around me with warmth and beauty such as I had never known. He walked close with me through the next year, never leaving me. I cannot describe the depth of His comfort. As deep as my pain, His love went deeper.
I’ll not go into detail about my finances except to say when my husband died, we had exactly twenty-five dollars in the bank account and no savings. But God used His people to provide. He somehow stretched my paycheck in unbelievable ways.
I learned from that darkest time, when Jesus was closer to me than He’d ever been, that I never need to fear. Never. Not death. Not lack of money. Not pain. God does not leave His children to face tragedy alone. He comforts and cares for us.
I hope my words comfort you as God Himself comforted me.
May I add that because of what God does for His children, my books always have a happy ending.
Anne Greene loves writing about alpha heroes who aren’t afraid to fall on their knees in prayer and about gutsy heroines. Her first book in her CIA Operatives series opens with Shadow of the Dagger. Her Women of Courage series spotlights heroic women of World War II. Blast off with Angel with Steel Wings. Her Holly Garden, Private Investigator series opens with Red Is For Rookie. Enjoy her award-winning Scottish historical romances. Anne hopes her stories transport you to awesome new worlds and touch your heart.